“All Greeks are suffering from Odysseus Syndrome,” said Greek researcher George Papavassiliou, a member of a group of MIT “new generation” representatives who left our country and settled in the United States, where they recently discovered that the future lies in pandemics are. digital.
The team even discovered a digital “tool” that enables real-time measurement of a patient’s disease with respiratory problems, so that medical decisions about him can be made quickly.
“There is always planning in our minds and most of us would definitely like to return to Greece permanently,” he says, “and we will certainly do so as soon as conditions allow, and we hope and wish this will be soon.”
As the pandemic has claimed the lives of hundreds or perhaps thousands of physicians and nurses worldwide who became infected during hospitalization, the issue of contamination of medical staff has become one of the biggest problems. of pandemics mainly in countries such as Italy that have been hit hard by the virus. Telemedicine and digital patient data management thus became the direction in which new and dynamic leading companies turned.
When the coronary pandemic broke out, the use of respirators in ICUs became a major issue. The team of Greek and foreign scientists has developed software that is applied to non-invasive respiratory sensors that adapt to patients’ chests and monitor their breathing rate in real-time by sending this data directly to the medical staff’s mobile outside the ICU. The data are recorded, analyzed, compared and provide diagnostic parameters and predictions to medical staff for immediate decision-making critical for patients’ lives.
The combination of telemedicine and mechanical learning and live signal processing through digital “tools” this year enabled the simultaneous monitoring of multiple patients in real-time and was piloted in the treatment of patients with Covid-19 in hospitals in Boston and Italy. “The ability to run predictive models on a live stream of information maximizes the arsenal of data,” says Mr Papavassiliou. “Adding real-time visibility and speed here is vital, especially in healthcare, as it can either stop or improve treatment and ultimately save more lives.”
For this project, the team of scientists who implemented it was working until mid-March. “We mobilized extremely quickly as the COVID-19 pandemic spread rapidly, there were heavy casualties at the ICU in large numbers and time was running out,” Mr Papavassiliou said.
“We have managed to get a first version of the tool and use it in hospitals in COVID patients within the first two weeks,” he said.
He concludes by saying that “it is very important to fund the medical and biotechnology sector and it is just as important to be able to link these areas to new data analysis techniques. Computing is now so large and at the same time available and cheap that the analysis and conclusions of the huge amount of data generated by the health sector can be made immediately and help prevent adverse events and the development of new therapies and drug discovery “.
This pandemic has changed the way we think. Will the operation of health systems change?
The pandemic has changed our lives and the way we think and act. Our company, Avlos, having a virtual/remote culture, was not affected by the new way of working and had no reason to change its mode of operation. Based on many discussions with other partners, it was very difficult for many companies around the world to adapt to the new data and the new way of working.
However, the health sector is not one of those sectors that are changing so rapidly and is generally considered a conservative sector for introducing innovative ideas, as these can have an impact on people’s health and lives. The medical staff is at the center of this pandemic as it is part of the core workforce that strives every day to offer solutions and save patients. I personally experience it with my brother who is a doctor. However, there are innovative solutions in the healthcare technology sector that can be implemented and make doctors’ work easier, more efficient and safer.